Kodiak Robotics
Kodiak Gen5 Hero

Kodiak hires Apple, Uber, GM veteran as safety VP

May 26, 2023
Steve Kenner, who has over 40 years' experience at giants including Ford and Chrysler, will help lead safety efforts at the autonomous trucking company.
Autonomous trucking company Kodiak Robotics has hired Steve Kenner, an automotive safety executive with 40 years' experience at technology and automotive giants, includingApple,Uber,Ford, andGeneral Motors, as vice president of safety.

"Steve has long been a leader in vehicle safety and has the perfect background to lead Kodiak's safety program as we finish the work to commercially launch self-driving trucks," said Don Burnette, Kodiak CEO and founder. "Safety is at the forefront of everything we do at Kodiak and is central to everyone on our team. Steve will leverage his extensive knowledge to ensure that safety continues to be the throughline across Kodiak."

See also: Kodiak turns Class 8 EV into self-driving truck

Kenner worked at Ford, where he was the global director of automotive safety, and held engineering roles at Chrysler and General Motors. Later, at Apple, Kenner led the safety and regulatory activities for the Special Projects Group. After Apple, Kenner led Uber Advanced Technology Group's product safety efforts, including functional safety, software safety, and fault management. Most recently, Kenner served as chief product and safety officer at Locomation, and director of safety standards at Aurora.

See also: Kodiak to operate 24/6 autonomous freight between Dallas and Atlanta

"Kodiak's dedication to safety aligns with my mission to help on-road vehicles achieve the highest safety standards," Kenner said. "Autonomous trucking technology has the potential to save lives while solving our nation's existential supply chain issues. Kodiak is an established leader in the safe testing and deployment of AV technologies. I look forward to further strengthening Kodiak's safety programs as the company works to deploy autonomous trucks commercially."

Kenner earned an MBA from Stanford University and graduated from Kettering University magna cum laude with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.

About the Author

FleetOwner Staff

Our Editorial Team

Kevin Jones, Editorial Director, Commercial Vehicle Group

Josh Fisher, Editor-in-Chief

Jade Brasher, Senior Editor

Jeremy Wolfe, Editor

Jenna Hume, Digital Editor

Eric Van Egeren, Art Director

Sponsored Recommendations

Reducing CSA Violations & Increasing Safety With Advanced Trailer Telematics

Keep the roads safer with advanced trailer telematics. In this whitepaper, see how you can gain insights that lead to increased safety and reduced roadside incidents—keeping drivers...

80% Fewer Towable Accidents - 10 Key Strategies

After installing grille guards on all of their Class 8 trucks, a major Midwest fleet reported they had reduced their number of towable accidents by 80% post installation – including...

Proactive Fleet Safety: A Guide to Improved Efficiency and Profitability

Each year, carriers lose around 32.6 billion vehicle hours as a result of weather-related congestion. Discover how to shift from reactive to proactive, improve efficiency, and...

Tackling the Tech Shortage: Lessons in Recruiting Talent and Reducing Turnover

Discover innovative strategies for recruiting and retaining tech talent in the trucking industry at our April 16th webinar, where experts will share insights on competitive pay...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of FleetOwner, create an account today!